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Monday, September 01, 2008

The rise of antisemitic discourse

The CST, the organisation which provides physical security, training and advice for the protection of British Jews, assists victims of antisemitism and monitors antisemitic activities and incidents, has just published a worrying report on the rise in antisemitic discourse in the UK last year. In particular it highlights that the nature and scale of the internet is facilitating, normalising and globalising antisemitic discourse on the websites of mainstream media outlets that would not otherwise tolerate antisemitism.

You can read the report here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could, of course, refer to the "Harry's Place" Blog

Here http://www.hurryupharry.org/

Which has been detailing this for some time.

Or the Lancaster Unity blog



Which details European Anti Semetism quite accuratley.


5:54 pm, September 01, 2008

Blogger Ravi Gopaul said...

I think there is a lot of anti-Semitism around and we must do all we can to root out this vile racism from our country.

As you know I condemn the Israeli government in its treatment of the Palestinians, as I do (mainly thanks to JDC) the treatment of the people of Western Papua by Indonesia. I also believe Zionism is a racist ideology, so I am glad the authors have plainly said that antizionism is not anti-Semitism (pretty odd for Jewish people who are antizionists to be called anti-Semites!!).

But if it is true that not all antizionists are racist, it is also true that some of the most the most vocal Zionists are, paradoxically, anti-Semitic.

Balfour, the man who drew out the plan to create Israel out of The British Mandate of Palestine was a noted anti-Semite. One of the reasons he wanted to create the state is so that he would not have to look another Jewish person in the face.

The religious right of America is another example. They don't like Jewish people much either but believe backing Israel is a way to bring on the apocalypse and herald the return of Christ.

Nevertheless it was interesting (as well as shocking) reading.

5:57 pm, September 01, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

And the Labour party are at the heart of it. Labour have created the most authoritarian government in our lifetime and I would call that fascism. Is it any wonder that people are fighting back.

7:39 pm, September 01, 2008

Anonymous Ted Harvey said...

I have to agree with you Luke, because without looking for it, and generally ignoring it, I can't help feeling that there has been a steady rise of truly and unmistakedly anti-semitic poison.

I say unmistable, because for a long time many good people have had to strive to get their critical views on the policies of various Israeli Governments as something wholly different from anti-semitism.

I fear that it is becoming virually impossible to make that differentiation with the appalling crudity and extent of hatred and rascism now being facilitated by the web.

9:03 pm, September 01, 2008

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

Balfour was not an anti semite by an sesible claim. This is lie to put down by people who want to take away from his goal. He did care about Jewish people. He did help jewish people he did not do it out of hatred to jewish people. He did it because he did not want them to be persecuted. He spoke out against persecution in 1919
He once said.
"The only qualification I possess is that I have always been greatly interested in the Jewish question, and that in the early years of this century, when anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe was in an active stage, I did my best to support a scheme devised by Mr. Chamberlain, then Colonial Secretary, for creating a Jewish settlement in East Africa, under the British flag. There it was hoped that Jews fleeing from persecution might found a community where, in harmony with their own religion, development on traditional lines might (we thought) peacefully proceed without external interruption, and free from any fears of violence."

"The Jews have never been crushed. Neither cruelty nor contempt, neither unequal laws nor illegal oppression, have ever broken their spirit, or shattered their unconquerable hopes. "

10:28 pm, September 01, 2008

Blogger Ravi Gopaul said...

Dirty you may say that, but he did support the 1905 Aliens Act which sought to control Jewish immigration here at a time when there was Jewish pogroms raging across Tsarist Russia; he was no friend of the Jews.

Balfour was an anti-semite who wanted to exclude Jews from the UK on the grounds that, as he stated in the 1905 debate on the Aliens Act, Jews were not

"to the advantage of the civilisation of this country"


"they are a people apart and not only hold a religion differing from the vast majority of their fellow countrymen but only intermarry amongst themselves".

9:41 am, September 02, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Labour have created the most authoritarian government in our lifetime and I would call that fascism.

Then you need a brain transplant.

12:18 pm, September 02, 2008

Anonymous Marg Oppenheimer said...

Luke you Zionist

5:55 pm, September 06, 2008


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